The who, what, when, where, why & how of Strings4Hope ...
We are middle school musicians who live near New York City.
NYC is one of epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We all have friends or family that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Strings4Hope is a short, virtual concert.
We want to share our passion for string instruments (cello, violin, viola, piano)
We want to perform for YOU (whether you are suffering from COVID-19 in a hospital, or you're on the front lines fighting the virus, or you're finding it hard to deal with the social distancing and quarantine)... we are here to perform virtual string concerts for YOU.
Since schools closed in March, I have been playing my cello online, and performing
for my grandparents in Westchester County, my great-aunt in Arizona,
my relatives in Manhattan...
I have tried to entertain them and ease the stress of quarantine and self-isolation.
This got me thinking about how I would love to "visit" COVID-19 patients
stuck in the hospital, without the love and support of their families and friends.
I also wanted to share some music with the front line heroes caring for patients and running the hospitals.
So I reached out to some of my strings friends and asked them to join me.
The response was great, and now we are a group of about a dozen musicians.
The idea that we come for a visit is as important as the music itself.
Maybe we could make the patients and staff feel a little less alone.
Maybe we could remind them of the beautiful things in life, like music.
Maybe we could give them HOPE.
From our quarantine to yours.
We each play from our homes, from a laptop computer, a tablet, or a cell phone.
We want to make a virtual visit to you!
We want you to know that we spend a lot of time preparing for our virtual visits.
We rehearse our pieces and work-out how to use technology to reach our audience.
We work with our hospital partners to find the best way to deliver our music.
Bringing you a smile or a little hope makes us feel we have done something to help.
... And that's how Strings4Hope was born.
Thanks so much for reading.
Brodi Cox, Founder